Pentel Quicker Clicker (Vintage vs Modern) Video Review

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXpDOhuHLMk

This video is a little longer than normal because I’m comparing a vintage model to the modern iteration.  This style was also the first mechanical pencil I ever bought (when I was in middle school in the late 80s?), so the nostalgia factor is high for me here.

Comes in translucent and opaque colors:  smoke , blue , and pinkish violet.  Comes in 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9 mm.  Some older vintage models also come in a variety of other opaque colors (orange, green, sky blue, black, pink, etc)

Pros (modern): side advance (if you’re into that), eraser better than Z2-1 and easy to replace, textured grip is very grippy, strong metal pocket clip, can see through barrel to determine lead amount (although how useful is this, really)

Cons (modern): Grip is too thick, in my opinion, not pocket safe, eraser cap is unnecessary

I’m not sure if the limited lead extension is a pro or a con on this pencil.  It could depend on the person.  Most people seem to prefer less extension, but this is the lowest extension on any pencil I’ve tested.

Writing Experience: OK

Quality: Good

Features: Good

Cost: 2.50-4.00 USD (I got mine at a local grocery store for 2.50 USD, but they are sold at Office Max/Depot with two pencils for 9 bucks)

How does the vintage model compare?

Pros (vintage): side advance (if you’re into that), eraser better than Z2-1 and still easy to replace, smooth grip is great for small-handed people, less weight than the modern version, strong metal pocket clip, can see through barrel to determine lead amount (although how useful is this, really)

Cons (vintage): Not pocket safe, eraser cap is unnecessary

Once again, I’m not sure if the limited lead extension is a pro or a con on this pencil.

Writing Experience: Good

Quality: Good

Features: Good

Cost: Moderate (about 15 USD, eBay is your only option)

Note that about a decade ago, Pentel came out with a Quicker Clicker with a smooth rubberized grip with no texture.  I don’t know if this grip is as thick as the modern one.  I don’t have one of these “middle age” Quicker Clickers.

No version of the Quicker Clicker makes my Top Ten, but I’m happy to put the vintage version on my Honorable Mentions as a worthy replacement for the Pilot S3.  The Pilot S3 remains recommended as one of the toughest and best quality (although bare bones) economy pencils.

The Top Ten:

1) Rotring Rapid Pro

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Superb, Features: Good+, Price: Expensive

2) TWSBI Precision

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Great, Price: Moderate

3) Pentel Sharp Kerry

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Great, Price: Moderate

4) Pilot S20

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: Good, Price: Expensive

5) Lamy 2000

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Great, Features: OK, Price: Expensive/Luxury

6) Tombow Zoom 505sh

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: Good, Price: Expensive

7) Pentel Sharp P20X

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: OK, Price: Cheap

8) Pentel Twist Erase GT

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good, Features: Great, Price: Cheap

9) Pentel Energize Deluxe

Writing Experience: Good, Quality: Good, Features: Good+, Price: Cheap

10) Lamy Safari

Writing Experience: Great, Quality: Good+, Features: OK+, Price: Moderate

Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order):

Alvin Draft/Matic, Parker Jotter, Pentel Quicker Clicker (vintage), Pilot Fure Fure CoronePilot RexGripPilot S3Staedtler Mars micro 775, Staedtler Triplus Micro 774, Uni Kuru TogaUni Shift Pipe-lockZebra Delguard

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